Sunsafe Policy

Sunsafe Policy

 

 
RAPID BAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
SUNSAFE POLICY
 
AIMS:
The aims of the Sunsafe policy are to promote among students, staff and parents:
·                     Positive attitudes toward skin protection
·                     Lifestyle practices which can help reduce the incidence of skin cancer and the number of related deaths.
·                     Personal responsibility for and decision-making about skin protection
·                     Awareness of the need for environmental changes in schools to reduce the level of exposure to the sun.
 
IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES FOR SKIN PROTECTION:
This policy is for implementation throughout the year.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all children attending our school are protected from skin damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.
 
As part of general skin protection strategies:
1.      Children will wear hats which protect the face, neck and ears whenever they are outside.
2.      Children who do not have their hats with them will play in an area protected from the sun.
3.      Children will be encouraged to use available areas of shade for outdoor play activities.
4.      Outdoor activities will be held in the shade wherever possible.
5.      Teachers will schedule outdoor activities before 10.00 a.m. and after 2.00 p.m. (11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. daylight saving time) whenever possible.
6.      Staff will be encouraged to act as role models by practising Sunsafe behaviour:
·                     Wearing protective hats and appropriate clothing for all outdoor activities
·                     Using a SPF 30+ broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for skin protection
·                     Seeking shade wherever possible
 
Our school will:
1.      Ensure that school hats are appropriate and satisfy the Anti-Cancer Foundation guidelines.
2.      Ensure that adequate shade is provided at sporting carnivals and outdoor events.
3.      Provide more shelter and shade trees. 
4.      Provide SPF 30+ broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for staff and student use.
5.      Incorporate programs on skin cancer prevention in its curriculum.
6.      Reinforce regularly the Sunsafe Policy in a positive way through newsletters, parent meetings, student and teacher activities.
 
When enrolling a child, parents will be:
1.      Informed of the Sunsafe Policy.
2.      Requested to purchase a school hat or provide an appropriate hat for their child’s use.
3.      Encouraged to practise skin-protective behaviour themselves.